We set off from Udaipur early - heading for Jaiselmer.The trip involved getting to Jodhpur and then the overnight train to Jaiselmer.We had decided to splash out and get a taxi for the 6hr ride so we could catch a couple of sites on the way.
The first part of the trip was through the hills with lots ofvillages and interesting views ofrural India.Everywhere was still in festival mood - Devali goes on for 5 days.Even the cows have the horns painted for Devali!
We stopped first at Kumbalgarh, a 15c hill top fort with 36km of walls round it.It is tucked away and had only ever been captured once - seeing it you could understand why.We climbed to the top for some great views - Fran was pleased she made it as we passed some very red faced Germans on the way.
Next stop was Ranakpur to look at some Jain temples - apparently some of the most important in India (well they all say that don't they!).They were beautifully carved in white marble and were definitely amongst the best we've seen.
Then back in the car to get to Jodhpur late afternoon.We stopped for something to eat but I was feeling a little unwell.Then, as we had some time to kill, we went into town to see the Devali celebrations.It was mayhem, the streets had been closed to traffic and it was packed with families out, fireworks all the time and seemed like everybody was shouting.As we were a bit stressed out from the travel, we took refuge on a rooftop restaurant of an old Haveli.Sat there for 2 hours, just watching the fireworks.Liked the place so booked to stay here as we are coming back to Jodhpur.
It was then onto the train for the worst journey so far.It was relatively short (6.5 hrs) so not much sleep, but the dreaded Delhi belly struck - suffice it to say Indian trains are not the place to be ill.